2021 Festival 8-18 July

Science Teller: Imagine a Sustainable Society
Teens |Adults

Imagine living in a sustainable society. What would that look like and what would it take to get us there?

Over two days, we’re bringing together some of the best thinkers and doers on sustainability together. From dealing with climate change to engineering our way into a sustainable future, this is about more than just imagining a better world for us; it’s about creating a more sustainable future.

Schedule of events:


Thursday 8 July
14:00-14.30 Event opening & welcome
14.30-15.00 Keynote speaker: Rod Carr, Chair of the Climate Change Commission
15.00-16.00 Panel discussion with speakers Rod Carr (Chair of the Climate Change Commission), Ciara Foley (School Strike for Climate) and Chlöe Swarbrick (Green MP, Auckland - via zoom).
16.00-17.00 snacks and mingle


Friday 9 July

We will hear from local changemakers paving the way to a greener future, and empowering meaningful action. Two morning sessions on the themes of food, and urban futures, will bring together professional practitioners and academic experts discussing everything from food production to food waste, healthy soils to healthy people, housing to transport, and the fashion industry.

Lightening talks will be followed by an open forum for questions, with morning tea provided by Precinct Food in keeping with our sustainability ethos. In the afternoon we will transform the space into a marketplace-style setup celebrating local sustainability initiatives through workshops, demonstrations and a whole range of fun hands-on activities.  A detailed programme is below:


9.00-9.15         Welcome
9.15-10.30       Panel Talks and Q&A: Food

  • Regenerative agriculture - Andy Barratt, Our Food Network

  • Growing abundant, quality food in a city garden - Rory Harding, George Street Orchard

  • Food choices for planetary and human health - tbc

  • Fungi as food and far more - Bart Acres, Mycologic

  • Food waste innovation - Miranda Mirosa/Trixie Croad, University of Otago’s Department of Food Science

  • Recycling food waste through composting methods - Finn Boyle, Pōpopo – Otago Poyltechnic’s campus compost facility

10.30-11.00     Morning tea: Precinct Food
11.00-12.15     Panel Talks and Q&A: Urban futures

  • Equity in healthy and sustainable urban planning - Alex Macmillan, University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

  • Sustainable architecture - Tobias Danielmeier, Otago Polytechnic

  • High Street Co-housing Project- Maria Callau, Sur Architecture

  • Active transport - Nathan Parker, Valley Community Space

  • Re-imagining textile waste - Fiona Jenkin, Stitch Kitchen

  • What does the future of urban waste for Dunedin look like? - Fiona Clements, Res.Awesome Ltd

  • Community action towards zero-waste - Judy Martin, OneCoast

12.15-13.15     Break
13.15-16.00     Sustainability Marketplace: workshops and demonstrations featuring:

  • DCC Zero Carbon 2030

  • DCC South Dunedin Future Project

  • Fabulously frugal - Hilary Rowley

  • Sew On – making reusable cloth pads - Christine Keller

  • Stitch Kitchen 4KT Elephants Project - Fiona Jenkin

  • Community Valley Workspace - Nathan Parker

  • Fungi in materials, medicine, soil health – Bart Acres

  • Composting – Finn Boyle

  • High density urban food production – Rory Harding

  • And more...!

Afternoon tea provided by Precinct Food

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